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Fear and Obey

Joshua 19:1–20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 13:12-14

Help Me Fear and Obey Your Word
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
– Proverbs 13:13

Let My Prayer Come Before Thee
O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
– Psalm 88:1-3

His House is The House of Prayer
And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
– Luke 19:45-46

Heavenly Father, Let my prayer come before You today. Incline Thine ear unto my cry. Take me into deeper places in You and Your Word, even as our pastor spoke yesterday. Father, if I have not because I ask not, then I humbly stand before You and ask. Will You take me deeper, God? Will You help me line my life up to look like Your Son? Will You help me walk this earthly journey in fear and obedience to Your Word? Please help me to remember my greatest reward is received when I do Your perfect will, as You have commanded, for Your pleasure? Will You make my heart Your House of Prayer? Thank You that You have made this possible through my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and that You have empowered me with a wonderful helper and counselor in Your Holy Ghost. I praise You and glorify Your Name and I love you JESUS! Amen! Amen!

Be Careful with Whom You Unite and Assemble
Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.
– Joshua 19:9

As their father, Jacob, spoke and we read in the book of Genesis, Simeon would not get an independent inheritance but rather would inherit scattered lands. Those scattered lands were within Judah’s allotment.

Simeon and Levi are brethren; Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. O my soul, come not thou into their secret; Unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self will. They digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; And their wrath, for it was cruel; I will divide them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel. – Genesis 49:5-7

These words come to me as a warning. Be careful with whom you unite and assemble. Be careful not to come into the secrets others that are cruel, filled with anger and selfwill. If you do come into their secrets, you will also come into their curse.

Please help me to heed Your warning, Father.

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Occupy Till I Come

Joshua 16:1–18:28; Luke 19:1-27; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 13:11

Occupy Till I Come
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.. – Luke 19:12-13

“Occupy till I come.” Isn’t that the same thing God says to us? Take hold of the place, assignment, visions, or gift. Whatever it is He’s put in your custody, take hold of it with the view that He will come back and also asks you what you did with what He gave.

How Long Will You Be Slack?
And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers hath given you? – Joshua 18:3

How long will you sit there in complacency and fear? How long will you wait on the Lord to do what He has clearly told you to do? Stop being slack and get up and go occupy what God has given to you!!!

His Foundation and All His Springs Are in You!
His foundation is in the holy mountains. – Psalm 87:1

All my springs are in thee. – Psalm 87:7b

The Lord loves His people and His chosen dwelling place. He loves Jerusalem. However, we must remember that He now makes His dwelling place in the hearts of His believers. God is with man and also in man, and His foundations are built in our hearts. So, we must walk as the chosen people of God, holy and blameless before Him. We should do everything He asks of us. We should genuinely “occupy” the places and duties He has given. We should find our satisfaction and joy in Him and His love and walk in truth for His glory. All His springs are in YOU!!! ALL MEANS ALL. Hallelujah!!!

Hard Work Pays.
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. 
– Proverbs 13:11

Hard work done as unto the Lord pays incredibly and eternally!!!

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Teach Me Thy Way

Joshua 15:1-63; Luke 18:18-43; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 13:9-10

Teach Me Thy Way
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. – Psalm 86:11-13

O Lord, I come before You today and ask You, my heavenly Father, to teach me Thy Way. I ask You to unite my heart to fear Thy Name. I praise You, and I glorify (and will continue to glorify) Thy Name. Thank You for Your mercy and deliverance that today I can walk in Your Truth and Yours alone. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Caleb Drove Thence
And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron. And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the children of Anak. And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher.

And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs. – Joshua 15:13-19

Drove – to send, expel, or otherwise cause to move by force of compulsion
Thence – from that place

This year is the fifteenth year I am reading through the One Year Bible, and yet the first time I have ever actually “heard” this story. Caleb was given his part of the Promised Land as God had commanded. What struck me was that though Caleb was given what he had been promised, he still had to drive out the inhabitants to conquer the land. Caleb promised his daughter as a wife to whoever conquered Kirjath-sepher. His brother’s son took the land for Caleb and was given Achsah, Caleb’s daughter. How often do we doubt that the promises of God in our lives because they haven’t just “fallen” on us? Have you ever considered that the promise will come when you fight for it? When you get up and drive out, what stands in the way of your promise? What an encouragement the Word of God is. Right there in the middle of list after list of towns and villages.

Cry Out, Ask, Receive
And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God. – Luke 18:35-43

There was a blind man that heard Jesus was passing by, and he cried out for mercy. Those around him got mad and told him to be quiet. He cried out louder. Jesus heard him and called him over and asked, what do you want me to do? The man asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus healed him, and the Bible tells us here the man received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God. And all the people (all means all) saw what happened and praised God with him (even the ones that told him to be quiet).

The blind man wanted to be healed. Jesus was there to heal, but there were things the blind beggar had to do in this story. He had to cry out to Jesus for mercy. He had to cry out even though those around him told him to hold his peace. He had to tell his need to Jesus. He had to receive his healing. How often do we miss our blessing because we didn’t cry out, ask, or receive?

Light Rejoices
The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. – Proverbs 13:9

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Wilt Thou Revive Us Again

Joshua 13:1–14:15; Luke 18:1-17; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 13:7-8

Wilt Thou Revive Us Again?
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. – Psalm 85:6-9

Rewards of Wholly Following God
Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh-barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children’s for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God. And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel.
– Joshua 14:6-14

Caleb wholly followed the Lord God of Israel and gave a good, encouraging report of the land he spied out. It was the Promised Land. Because of his obedience, God promised that he would live to receive an inheritance of the land where he walked faithfully. The inheritance he asked for was one of his rewards and his promise from God, but there were other rewards as well. The Bible says in this passage that though he was an older man, his strength was the same as in his younger years. Obedience and faithfulness to wholly follow the Lord still bring great rewards.

Words of Jesus – Pray Always and Do Not Faint
men ought always to pray, and not to faint
– Luke 18:1b

Words of Jesus – Will Jesus Find You Faithful?
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
– Luke 18:7-8

Words of Jesus – Humble Yourself and You Will Be Exalted
for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
– Luke 18 14b

Words of Jesus – Become as a Child
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
– Luke 18:17

Stop Pretending. You Cannot Pay the Price!
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. – Proverbs 13:7-8

If you make yourself look rich, you set yourself up for the enemy to destroy and demand a ransom of you. Those that only made themselves look rich can’t pay the ransom. It would have been better to present yourself as poor (though rich), so there would be no expectation of ransom.

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My Soul Longeth

Joshua 11:1–12:24; Luke 17:11-37; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 13:5-6

I really like the verbs the Lord has placed in these passages today!

Verb – a word that typically expresses action, state, or a relation between two things.

My soul longeth. My soul fainteth. My heart and flesh crieth. Blessed is the man that trusteth. The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation. A righteous man hateth lying. A wicked man cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way.  Wickedness overthroweth the sinner. Tomorrow will I deliver. Joshua took the whole land. Joshua gave it for an inheritance. The land rested from war.

Longeth, Fainteth, Crieth, Trusteth
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. – Psalm 84:2

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. – Psalm 84:10-12

Cometh (not with observation)
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. – Luke 17:20-21

And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. – Luke 17:37

Hateth, Keepeth, Overthroweth
A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
– Proverbs 13:5-6

And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
– Joshua 11:6

Took, Gave, Rested
So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
– Joshua 11:23

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Be Diligent

Joshua 9:3–10:43; Luke 16:19–17:10; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 13:4

Be Diligent
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. – Proverbs 13:4

Everyone has desires but not everyone is diligent. The difference is that some have diligence to get up and get things done and others are lazy so they end up having nothing.

Fill me with Your diligence today, Father that I may see my desires, but even more-so Your desires come forth. I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen!!!

Diligent – Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort.

Fear Not! The Lord Will Fight Your Battle!
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
– Joshua 10:8

And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. – Joshua 10:42

I love how God directed Joshua in the past tense though the battle hadn’t happened at that point. It reminds me that He is already in my tomorrow and knows much more about fighting than I do, and so there truly is no need to fear. He will fight my battles as they come if I do my part. My part – Fear Not!

This year I am reading my daily Bible reading aloud, and as you know, if you follow this blog, I write down what speaks to me from each passage. It is amazing how much I am learning as I hear the stories move one into another. It has brought so much clarity. It is also horrifying how much I have missed over all these years. Today I am incredibly thankful for God’s Word and His direction to change it up a bit that the passages each day would come to me, fresh and new. It fills my heart with wonder.

Do What is Your Duty To Do
But which of you, having a servant ploughing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
– Luke 17:7-10

We all have calls and duties. God has assigned us to specific ministries, and we shouldn’t need to be verbally thanked by God or man each time we do something; if I feel that need, I probably should look carefully at my need for approval and recognition. God sees and knows, and that is all that matters. What is my duty? Today, it is to read His Word, meditate on His Word, pray, and I will do various other responsibilities I committed to doing within the church. They are my duty because I committed…much as Joshua committed to the men from the “far away land” that He would come into an alliance with them. They deceived him, but a commitment is a commitment. A vow is a vow. So it is with my commitments.

That they May Seek They Name
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
– Psalm 81:1-3

O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. – Psalm 81:13-16

Some would say ease of life is a great blessing and it is but the greatest of blessings could be the sickness, the persecution, the hardships that you go through but that leave you calling on the name of the Lord. Taking your hands off of your life and surrendering, turning your life over to the one true and living God – that is the greatest blessing any of us could ever receive on this earth because it is a blessing that will last for an eternity.

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The Lessons of Achan

Joshua 7:16–9:2; Luke 16:1-18; Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 13:2-3

“I Saw Them, Coveted Them, Took Them, and Hid Them”
And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: when I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.
 – Joshua 7:19-26

The children of Israel were defeated at Ai because a man named Achan had stolen plunder from Jericho, despite God’s command that everything be destroyed. Achan broke a covenant with God when he allowed lust for possessions to lead him to covet and take what he knew God had forbidden. Anything in our lives that we exalt above God and His commands will lead us further and further from God and our relationship with Him if left unchecked. Anything we have to work to hide lest someone finds out should be a big red flag that something isn’t quite right in our lives. Achan sure helped to teach some lessons today!

Help Us to Take Your Warnings Seriously, Father!
Jesus spoke of this also in Luke 16:13, No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

So, today in both the Old and New Testaments, we see this theme of obedience and faithfulness being irreplaceable qualities as we follow Jesus. This is our warning not to underestimate the consequences of this issue.

Continually, we ask God to give us what we want and need, but we too often want things without having to obey or be faithful. But God won’t usually provide us with something that will gain control over us and replace His sovereignty in our lives. He knows those are the things that are apt to destroy us. Not everything we want is truly best for us. As we petition the Lord for intervention in our lives, we must also consider our faithfulness to God? Can we truly handle what we’re asking for?

Father, Help all of my requests to be accompanied by the Words of Jesus flowing from my mouth and heart – Nevertheless, not my will, but Thy will be done.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? – Luke 16:10-12

He is Our Defender and Judge!
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
– Psalm 82:3-4

Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. – Psalm 82:8

Guard Your Mouth!
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence
. – Proverbs 13:2

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Lord, Help Me!

Joshua 5:1–7:15; Luke 15:1-32; Psalm 81:1-16; Proverbs 13:1

Lord, Help Me to Hear Your Instruction
A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke. – Proverbs 13:1

Lord, Help Me to Remove Every Accursed Thing from My Life
Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. – Joshua 7:13

Lord, Help Me to Remember that All You Have is Mine
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. – Luke 15:31-32

Lord, Help Me to Hearken to Your Voice
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!– Psalm 81:10-13

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A Path Where There is No Death

Joshua 3:1–4:24; Luke 14:7-35; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 12:27-28

Sanctify Yourselves
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. – Joshua 3:5

As I Was With Moses, So I Will Be With You
And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. – Joshua 3:7

Remember and Fear the Lord Your God Forever
And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever. – Joshua 4:21-24

Humble Yourself
When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:8-11

Be My Disciple
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:26-27

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:33

Turn Us Again
Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. – Psalm 80:3,7,19

A Path Where There is No Death
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. – Proverbs 12:28

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Word and Your instructions that You have given us today. Holy Ghost seal these Words in our hearts and bring them to remembrance as we go through this day. Thank You that You set our paths and if we stay with our eyes and hearts locked on You we have a sure path that leads to eternal life. Thank You Father that You have promised Life not just someday in the future, but today. God use us today for Your good work and Your glory. Help us to follow in obedience to Your voice. Help my life to encourage those around me and please help me to be humble but bold in speaking Your Gospel to those You set before me today. Father, would you turn us again? Would You cause Your face to shine upon us that this nation might be saved? I ask in the precious and holy Name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen! Amen!

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Be Strong and Of a Good Courage

Deuteronomy 34:1—Joshua 2:24; Luke 13:22–14:6; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 12:26

Be Strong and Of a Good Courage
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
 – Joshua 1:1-9

Strive to Enter In At the Strait Gate
And he [Jesus] went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say untoyou, I know you not whence ye are: then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
 – Luke 13:22-30

For They Name’s Sake
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
 – Psalm 79:9

Beware the Way of the Wicked
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them
. – Proverbs 12:26